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22 hours ago, wigeon jim said:

My ford ranger has a suspected head gasket leak, coolant keeps needing topped up, its an expensive repair, has anyone tried the radweld type head gasket sealant that you add to coolant and did it work? Just trying to find a cheaper fix,   Jim.

I believe this is one of the known common problems with the rangers, have you checked https://www.etis.ford.com/fordservice/home.do;jsessionid=wFVMmmF3dBZ-O52vRqnWzFSYDfKPuL--AE70bXIN.ito034589 

for any outstanding recal notices? If not it may be worth checking 

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13 hours ago, Rewulf said:

:lol: You owe me a new keyboard !

You might have been accurate if we were talking about a MK 1 or 2 escort OHV engine, but Im going to cut you some slack and bet you havent worked on cars for a while.

The more recent Rangers have cam chains, that need removing before the head comes off, injector pump ect timing up ,then the masses of ancillaries, wiring on modern engines...Its not a job for the casual mechanic.
Parts, off the top of my head would be around £350 alone, and around 10 hours labour for someone that knows what theyre doing, you could knock a bit off if its the older belted engine, but still requires special tooling and expertise.
Your £50 in parts wouldnt change the oil and filter, which it definitely needs.

I would expect a bill of £1000-1500 depending on labour rates and area.

Additives like Celit work temporarily if the leak isnt bad, but often block up other areas of the water system, causing further problems.
I wouldnt use it if you are considering doing it properly and replacing the gasket later, new rads and pipes are expensive.

up to 06  as said      after     half a day strip down  etc   modern day eco friendly  worth less than 3k scrap    im lucky i do my own work i understand engines and gearboxes  despite   I'm a trained cabinetmaker   i can get the old mechanical stuff running even cartridge start    HOWEVER modern day computer electronic problems  knackered  

mechanical i can fix and make it work  and still know how to set points lol 

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6 hours ago, wigeon jim said:

Hi all, garage check today they bypassed some type of water cooled valve on Side of the block and left it all day but on starting it again a 5.00 pm , it was just the same, hydrologicing they called it, even only running a few seconds there's a little pressure in the radiator, not looking good, it's a December 2009 ford ranger with 108.000 miles so don't know if it worth the repairs or just sell it as is, 

hi jim if the chassis and body is good and your happy    fix it      or your buying someone else's problem  only to spend much more money to get it right   maybe even a head gasket temporary get you home fix  junk      if happy with truck fix it      new does not mean better  it costs more on electronics 

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12 hours ago, wigeon jim said:

Hi all, garage check today they bypassed some type of water cooled valve on Side of the block and left it all day but on starting it again a 5.00 pm , it was just the same, hydrologicing they called it, even only running a few seconds there's a little pressure in the radiator, not looking good, it's a December 2009 ford ranger with 108.000 miles so don't know if it worth the repairs or just sell it as is, 

Cylinder head skim can cost at least 1800 quid, so if that’s what is called for, you may have to weigh up that cost against the value of your vehicle and take it from there. 

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16 minutes ago, wigeon jim said:

Thanks all, the annoying thing is it runs so sweet, never needed anything much in the last 5 years I have had it,  now considering a small van and a quad bike for off road,

Get some quotes on doing the head, but theres no real way of knowing the heads cracked until its off and pressure tested.

A better option could be a 2nd hand engine with warranty.

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in case you change your mind and fix   RECONDITIONED CYLINDER HEAD FORD RANGER MAZDA BT-50 2.5 12V WL 1998-2006 | eBay      For Ford Ranger PJ PK Mazda BT50 Complete Cylinder Head WEC WLC WEAT WE | eBay     HEAD GASKET BOLTS FORD RANGER EVEREST MAZDA BT50 3.0 CDVi TDCi 2006 on WEC YN | eBay   or buy gaskets and bolts  have your head crack tested then skinned  any more than £80.00 you are being ripped off  usually £45 for a skim   they are not hard to work on   a strip down and rebuild by home time   so app a days labour 

or COMPLETE CYLINDER HEAD + GASKET SET FORD RANGER MAZDA BT50 WLC 2.5 WEC 3.0 TDCi | eBay

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10 hours ago, Saltings said:
On 29/04/2021 at 19:13, wigeon jim said:

it's a December 2009 ford ranger

Cant be that different surely 😏

"The original 2.5-litre Duratorq turbo diesel engine is a tough nut but like the majority of pick-up engines of the day, it's constantly in your ear reminding you of the fact. This durable unit grumbled on until 2006 looking more and more of an anachronism as the years passed. In the first rear-wheel-drive single cab models, it delivered 77bhp and that was later upped to 83bhp, still some way from what's required to shift a Ford Ranger with any great purpose. In the 4x4 models, there was 107bhp to play with at a time when Mitsubishi's L200 could call upon 138bhp in its range-topping versions.

In the post-2006 Rangers, power is supplied by a 2.5-litre common-rail injection engine that is streets ahead the direct injection unit that went before. It's up on power for a start, producing 142bhp and doing so at a usefully low 2,000rpm. Many operators were more enamoured with the 22% improvement in fuel economy, however. Torque of 330Nm at 1,800rpm put the Ranger's powerplant amongst the best in the class and helps it turn in a muscular performance for towing duties and offroad work. The engine features a Dual Mass Flywheel which sharpens responses while also reducing vibration and a variable geometry turbocharger is employed to cut turbo lag and extend the torque band."

 

Theres engines on ebay in the region of £1000-1500 warranted, fittings probably another £400.

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